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Old 07-31-2015, 01:52 PM   #1
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Hi,

Does anyone know where I can get curtains for my 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe? I do not sew and haven't found any online for sale. Would be interested in blackout curtains.

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Old 10-19-2015, 04:11 PM   #2
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Hi, Mary,
Look in your local Craigslist to see if there's a seamstress near you. Curtains are easy to make and blackout is just a matter of using the right fabrics, although total blackout is very difficult due to gaps around the edges.
As a seamstress (retired) I've made any number of curtains over the years (not draperies), and unless you want something quite odd, they're basically just flat panels.
Your request makes me wonder if it'd be practical to offer to sew you a set myself...shipping alone would be quite an expense. Hence, the suggestion to look for a seamstress in your area. She can help you select the right fabrics, too, which is a very good idea.
I made complete boat curtains on occasion, but the owners (often men) brought yardage and instructions without realizing the details mattered. You cannot get by with only the "measured' yardage, because you have to turn hems and make rod pockets etc.

On the other hand...have you considered getting clip-on curtain rings (like at most fabric and many hardware stores) and going to the Dollar Tree or Dollar Stores or even 2nd hand stores and finding bright kitchen towels and using THEM as the flat panels? That's what I have in my kitchen--they make pretty good small curtains, and you can join them pretty easily at the seams to make larger pieces.

Best luck, if you get something you like done, and can post pictures...

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Old 10-19-2015, 10:41 PM   #3
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Kai has given you some excellent advice. I live in the Bay Area and love to make trailer curtains! I've attached some samples of my Scamp curtains. For myself, I like to make side panels in the theme fabric while keeping translucent curtains in the middle.) In this way I have daylight coming in, privacy at night and the print fabric does not overwhelm the tiny trailer. (I have even added pockets in the curtains to contain frequently used lightweight items such as Kleenex, flashlight, eyeglasses.) Notice that I make matching or complementary throw pillows. I've even been known to make coordinating or matching comforters. To block out light I make window "shades" out of Roc-Lon black out fabric. Much of your curtain design depends on the curtain rods or tracks in your trailer. If you'd like to talk about the details please send me a PM, private message, by clicking on my name on my avatar.
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Pockets in the curtains is so clever.
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:02 AM   #5
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just a note about curtain material. microfiber cloth will stick to the casita's carpeted walls like velcro. i purchased large microfiber towels from amazon cut them to size and had a local seamstress sew the rod pockets and hem the edges for about $20. to open the curtains i just pull one aside and press it against the carpet. works for keeping them closed also. i'm a guy and my curtain consciousness may not be as critical as some.

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Pockets in the curtains is super clever!
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:26 PM   #7
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Thanks, curtain pockets were not originally my idea but from someone on this forum. Sorry, I cannot give proper credit as I do not know their name. The pockets are super easy to add and you can get netting fabric at most fabric stores.

I suggest you choose your curtain fabric carefully as the interior of these fiberglass trailers can get moist from humidity quite easily and you want to avoid musty smells and mold. The original Scamp curtains, in my case the light colored ones in my photos, are seemingly made of 100% polyester, much like many fabric shower curtains. I made my side panels and pillow cases out of 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend. Lining your curtains is important because they drape better and provide protection from the harmful rays of the sun which tend to weaken the curtain fabric and your other interior fabrics thereby aging them rather rapidly.

I do not like lining my curtains with black-out fabric, such as Roc-Lon, because it makes the curtain TOO heavy, difficult to slide on a rod, makes the interior TOO dark during the day and does have "light leakage" on the sides. For darkening my interior at night I have found the custom Roc-Lon shades do the trick as they lay flat against the window and easily roll up out of the way during the day. An added feature is that they block out sunlight when storing or parking the trailer thereby reducing sunlight damage when you are not in the trailer.
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